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to the charge in 1880, and lived only a few months to
work in his new field of labor. Rev. J. Pope suc-
ceeded Mr. Dickenson.

In 1880-81 a very interesting revival meeting was
held, in which a very large number professed conver-
sion. Under the ministrations of Mr. Pope the
church was brought into a good state of working

Rev. William Toland, who resides in his beautiful
home on one of the hills near Vernon, is a local
preacher; he is alive to all church prosperity, and is
always ready for every good work.

The above charge is in a prosperous condition.
The membership is large, and constantly increasing.


The following list, embracing the residents of Ver-
non who have obtained advanced years, is of interest:

Carlos Allen, 05; Jane Arvie, 92 ; John C. Baxter, 66 ; Eliza Bates, 78 ;
Hannah Babcock, 86; John Brooks, 70; Sarah Babcoek, 69; David
Barrett, 66 ; John H. Brown, 66 ; John Baxter, 66 ; John S. Coukliu,
75; John Crabtree, 67 ; Eliza Crabtree, 65; William Campbell, 69 ;
Delia Cole, 69; John S. Carpenter, 73; Mary E. Carpenter, 71; John
Crissy, 73 ; Henry Chardavoyne, 70 ; Sarah A. Chardavoyne, 66 ; Anna
Conklin, 84; Robert Chardavoyne, 77; John Cooper, 69; Ephraim
Cherry, 77 ; Mary E. Cherry, 73 ; John Card, 67 ; Janet Cole, 06 ;
Sylvester Card, 74 ; John De Kay, 69 ; Sarah De Kay, 69 ; Gilbert
Drew, 70 ; Isaac Drew, 09 ; David Dixon, 00 ; Eliza Dixon, 70 ; Chris-
tian D. Day, S2 ; Emeline Day, 72 ; Richard B. Edsall, 85 ; Joseph V.
Edsall, 05; John Force, SO; Rosetta Force, 60; Philip Fitch, 65;
William Green, 82; John Garlinghouse, 67; Fanny Hynard, 75;
James Y. Holley, 83 ; Everett Hoveucomp, 67 ; Benjamin Harrison,
67 ; Sarah Harrison, 09 ; Isaac Howard, 05; Melissa Jones, 70; Caro-
line Lewis, 08; Charles V. Longwell, 69; John Lott, 80; Elizabeth
Layton, 67; William Mullery, 68 ; Catharine McCamly, 69 ; Evi A.
Martin, 68; John D. Mapes, 72; Rachel Mapes, 06; Sarah O'Daniels,
65 ; Lewis G. Price. 75 ; Atkinson Parks, 68 ; Jane Pullis. 05 ; Izariah
Parker, 69 ; Sarah M. Parker, 67 ; Mary Paddock, 70 ; Milly Rickey,
74 ; Mary Romaine, 72 ; William Riggs, 88 ; Maria Shaw, 68 ; Samuel
Sprague, 78; Joseph Simonson, 76; Lydia Simonson, 73; William
Smith, 74; Caroline A. Smith, 73; Adam Smith, 87 ; Nicholas Tuite,
65; Matilda Toland, S2 ; John S. Thornton, 60 ; Catharine Thornton,
07 ; William Talmago, 70; Esther W. Utter, 77; Mary Winans, 06;
Henry B. Wilcox, 68; Christiana J. Walling, 65; Jane Wood, 72.
Number between the ages of 60 and 65, 57.


The following act of the State Legislature, passed
Nov. 19, 1792, erected Vernon as an independent
township :

" Whereas, a number of the inhabitants of the township of Hardyston,
in the County of Sussex, have by their petition sot forth that they have
long labored under many and great difficulties by reason of the great
length of the said township, for remedy WHEREOF BE IT EN-
ACTED by the Council and General Assembly of thin Mate, and it is hereby
enacted by authority of the same, That all that part of the township of
Hardyston lying northwest of the following lino, to wit: beginning at
a tree standing on the east side of the road leading from Jesse Ford's
house to Peppacotton bridge, being a corner of Hardyston and Wantage,
and running from thence on a due course to a bridge over a branch of
Pequonnock River, being on Col. John Soward's old farm; from thence
continuing the samo course until it intersects the line of the County of
Bergan ; shall bo and is hereby sett off from the township of Hardyston
and made a separate township, to be called by the name of 'The Town-
ship of Vernon.' "

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Stephen, son of Josepli Bailey, was born in War-
wiek, Orange Co., N. Y., Jan. 11, 1765.

He married, Jan. 15, 1790, Huldah Whitney, of the
wiinc place, who was horn Jan. 0, 1769. Tiny -.ill.. I

at what i- in. « i rlenwood, N. J., where he purchased,
May 26, 1794, fifty-three and forty-six ..n. -hundredths
acres for sixty-six pounds seventeen shillings current
bone; of the state of New York, it being a part of
the tra.i surveyed for the Earl of Perth. This was a

wilderness tract of land, and he found his way to it
by way of a foot-path. Here he encountered the
hardships in: idsnt to i loneer lit. and livsd until hio
death, which occurred May 30, 1819. His widow re-
moved with one of the family -Thomas -to Troups-

burg, \. Y., where >he died March 27, 1852. She was

B, member of the Baptist Church, and was buried in
■ Young 1 1 ickory < '.in. I. rj " al that place.

Stephen Bailey was a man of great muscular
Strength, stood over six feel in height, and was a man
Of considerable eiiterpri-e ami business ability. Prior
t.. his death he acquired a quite large landed estate.

lie had ten children, — viz., Stephen ; Daniel; Es-
ther, became the wife of Charles Moll, of I'aterson,
Iff. J. ; Joseph ; Huldah M., became the wife of Joseph
Bdmundson, of Newton, N. J.; Samuel L. ; Phehe;
Tliomas Whitney; William <). ; and Matthew.

Daniel Bailey, son of Stephen, was born Dec. 16,
1792, and married Jan. 1 2, 1816, Jane, second daugh-
ter of Matthew and Mary I Phillips) Van Ostrand, of
Mm ristown, N. J., where she was horn May 15, 1795.
Her father was a member of Washington's life-guard,
and was killed near Morristown.

Daniel Bailey sueeeeded to the homestead, partly
l.y purchase and partly by inheritance, and added (..
it other laud, owning at his death some two hundred

He was an active and zealous member of the Meth-
odist < Ihurch, and his home was the welcome and hos-
pitable Stopping-place for the early preacher- of thai

He owned a beautiful grove, where many eamp-

n tin;.'- used to be held, and he was buried in the

cemetery which he had given lor a public burying-
gTOUnd. He died May 16, 1889, and his remain-
were, in 1876, removed to the (ilciiwood Cemetery,
where a line monument has been erected to mark the
burial-place of himself and wife. She died Nov. 15,

His children are one boh and -i\ daughters, — viz.,
Matthew; Hannah, wife of John N. Byereon, of
Goshen, N. Y. ; Mary, was the wife of John S. Van
Iloiiteu, of Independence, V.I.; Susan, married Ze-
nii- I). Biggs, of Denton, N. Y.; Alzada, became the

Wife Of William 'Poland, of (llenwood, N. J.; Sarah

.1., married Joseph Simpson, of \mity, N. Y.: and

Matilda, became the wife of Amos M. Rycrson, of
Denton, V Y.

Mattluw, BOO of Daniel Bailey, wa- born Feb. 18,
1817, and married Nov. 25, 1840, Sarah M.. daughter
of Josepli and Hannah J. I'errier, of Edenville,
Orange Co., V Y. She was born A.ug. 13, 1818.

Matthew Bailey inherited his lather'- laud-, and

during his life made additions to it. lie lived a quiet

and nnosteutatiou- life as a fanner, respected and e—

teemed by all who knew him. I le was one of the first
trustees, a constituent member and clerk of theGlen-

v. I Baptist Church, and hi> house was the home of

the ministers of that denomination. In early life he-
was much interested in military matters, and belonged

to ( 'ol. Kilpatrick's rcgi ut. He died April l'u, I860,

and was buried by the side of his father. His widow
married for her second husband James Thompson,
now deceased, and after her marriage became a mem-
ber of the Presbyterian Church at Amity, of which
h.-r husband was an elder, she survives in 1881, and
residi - h iih her Bon.

I laiii.l. only -on and only child of Matthew Bailey,

was born al Glenw 1, N. .1., Nov. 25, 1841. His life

has been mostly spenl as a merchant and a farmer.

He inherited the homestead settled by his great-
grandfather, upon which he resides, and manages in
connection with his store. He was commissioned by

Governor Olden, June in. ImIJ, lieutenant-colonel of
the Fourth Regiment New Jersey militia, and Sept.
19, 1SIJ2, he was commissioned captain of Company F,
Twenty-seventh Begiment New Jersey Volunteers,
and served in the Army of the Potomac, in the depart-
ment of Kentucky, at the draft rendezvous, and at

Jeffersonville, Ind., in command of the United States
arsenal. At the close of the war. he was on the staff
of Gen. Brisbin.
Capt. Bailey i< an enterprising, thoroughgoing

business man. lie has added to the homestead prop-
erty and n. iw Owns -"in. seven hundred acre-, and

was largely interested from 1868 to 1872 in the milk
and creamery business. He is a director of the State

Line Railway Company, and built and own- the tele-
graph-line extending from I rlenw 1 to Bine Island,

now operated by the Western Onion. He is post-
master at ( Henw 1. a commissioni t of deed- for Sus-
sex County, succeeded his father as trustee of the
i Church there, and has been secretary of the
cemetery hoard since its organization. In 1862 In-
built a parsonage for the Baptist < Ihurch at < rlenw 1.

which the society enjoy- at a small cost. In 1878,
t 'apt. Bailey wa- nominated for member of Assembly,
l.in ..ii account of the minority of his part) Repub-
lican he was defeated. He is a man well informed

in matter- of local and State legislati and alive t..

the besl interests of the community where he resides.

In 1879, Capt Bailey organized the "Sussex Bat-
tery." consisting of twenty o, and two bronze

twelve-pounders, one of which was purchased from
the Onited Stat.- government, the other from the



Park Association, it being one of the one hundred
donated by the government for a memorial statue to
Gen. Meade. This battery was organized to celebrate
the centennial of the battle of Minisink in 1879; the
second service was at the Grand Army encampment at
Skillman, N. J., in 1879; its third service was at the j
unveiling of the soldiers' monument at Middletown,
N. Y., the same year ; the fourth, at the reception of
Gen. Kilpatrick at Franklin, N. J. ; the fifth, the '
Fourth-of-July salutes in 1880 ; the sixth, at the
Grand Army encampment at Bordentown, N. J., in
1880 ; and the seventh was at the reception of Senator
Blaine and Col. Ingersoll at Deekertown, in the fall
of 1880. On all these occasions the Sussex Battery
fired every salute.

Capt. Bailey's wife, Anne Elizabeth, is an only
daughter of Peter J. and Delia (Ryerson) Brown, and
granddaughter of Nicholas Ryerson, of Glenwood.
She was born at Paterson, N. J., April 1, 1841. Their
children are Matthew Grant, Anne Delia, Sarah May,
and Bessie Munson.


The family of De Kay in Sussex County are of
French extraction, as the name implies. Thomas De
Kay, the progenitor of the family here, married, May
28, 1723, Christiana Duncan, a lady of Scotch origin,
who was born Feb. 2, 1707. He traded some sixty
acres of land where a part of New York City now
is for twelve hundred acres in Vernon township, Sus-
sex Co., N. J., and in 1724 settled on this property.
His first encampment was on a certain knoll, which
is upon the farm now owned by the subject of this
sketch, when he then expressed a desire that he should
be buried on that spot, which was done at the time of
his death, Jan. 1, 1758. His wife died Sept. 6, 1784.

Thomas, grandson of Thomas De Kay, the first
settler, was born March 16, 1759, and married Hannah
Blain, who bore him children as follows: Charles;
Polly, wife of Charles Williams, of AVarwick, N. Y. ;
Sally, wife of Joseph Edsall, of Vernon ; Hannah,
wife of John Sly ; Maj. Thomas B. ; Julia, wife of
Ross Winans ; Fanny, wife of David Hynard ; Cath-
erine, wife of Henry W. McCamly ; and William.

He was a Democrat, and served as a justice of the
peace for many years. He was a man of strong force
of character and possessed of good executive ability.
He died March 16, 1830; his wife, March 1, 1848,
aged eighty-five years.

Maj. Thomas B., son of Thomas De Kay, was born
Feb. 26, 1792, had a practical education, and spent
his life as a farmer. He was one of the directors of
the Warwick Valley Railroad, was a member of the
Episcopal Church, and aided largely in the erection
of the church edifice there. He belonged to the old
Whig party, and subsequently to the Republican
party, lie died Sept. 3, 1863. His first wife was
Clarissa Sharp, whom he married Nov. 26, 1814, by

whom he had children, — Thomas S. ; Hannah A., wife
of John Cowdry ; Elizabeth, wife of Edward De Kay ;
Mary, wife of John Baird ; and Clarissa, wife of Sam-
uel C. Welling. Mrs. De Kay died Feb. 15, 1828.

His second wife was Sarah E., daughter of Capt.
John Cowdry, of New York, whom he married March
12, 1829, and who survives in 1881.

The children of this marriage are Frances A., wife
of William M. Winans, of London, England ; Sarah A.
and Emma C, died in infancy ; Sarah A., wife of Hon.
B. H. Truesdale ; William T., died young ; Henry B. ;
Christiana; Willie C, died young ; and Julia M.

Henry B., son of Maj. Thomas B. De Kay, was
born in Vernon township, Sept. 23, 1840. His early
education from books was received at the Warwick
Institute and Bloomfield Grammar-School. In his
boyhood he became inured to the work of the farm,
and he has followed agricultural pursuits through
life. He ranks among the representative men of his
township, is interested in all that pertains to its pros-
perity, and although not a member of any church, he
is a contributor to the Episcopal Church at Vernon,
and one of its officers.

For seventeen years he has been a director of the
Warwick Valley Railroad, besides taking an active
part in many other public enterprises.

His wife is Harriet E., daughter of Hammond and
Sarah Ann (Wisner) Sly, whom he married Dec. 24,
1862, at Elmira, N. Y. She was a granddaughter of
JefTry Wisner, a prominent and influential citizen of
AVarwick. Her great-grandfather, Lebbeus Ham-
mond, was taken prisoner at the massacre of Wy-
oming, but, having obtained the confidence of the
Indians, escaped. The children of Mr. and Mrs. De
Kay are Geraldine, Thomas AVallace, and Julia


His father, Thomas Houston, settled in Middletown,
N. Y., in early life, and was an active and zealous
member of the Presbyterian Church of that place, in
which he officiated as elder. His wife was Sarah
Faulkender, who bore him the following children,
viz. : Ann, wife of Henry Denton, of Denton, N. Y. ;
Harriet, wife of Judge John Booth; Catharine, wife
of David Corwin ; Gabriel ; Adeline, wife of Rev.
Gabriel Corwin, now of Cape May ; Philinda; Jane,
wife of Henry O. Bronson, of Jackson, Mich. ; James
F. ; Franklin ; and Nelson.

Gabriel Houston was born May 25, 1798, near Mid-
dletown. He remained at home until his marriage to
Susan Ann Owen, when he settled at Glenwood,
N. J., on the homestead of his father-in-law, Isaac
Owen, which was formerly the property of Isaac
Owen's father, Ebcnezer Owen, containing one hun-
dred and eighty acres of land. On this property he
lived the remainder of his life, and died Jan. 22,
1864. He accumulated other property, was a rep-
resentative farmer, and a good business man. He




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wa- a stockholder in the Chester Bank at Chester,
Orange Co., N. Y., and owned the old homestead

of'liis lather, originally consisting of some three liun-
dred acres, which property is still in the family, and

has always I. ecu known a- an excellent stock-farm.
Hi- was well informed "ii the current topics of his
times and a man whose counsel was often sought by
his fellow-citizens.

Although not a member of any church, he was in-
tercsted in the propagation of morality and religious
teachings, and gave the ground upon which the Meth-
< »< I i~t church was erected. Ee was friendly and gen-
irons with all denominations that applied to him for

In politics he was a Democrat, but never sought
political place. In early life he obtained a practical
education, was plain and unassuming in his ways, ami
was always willing to sacrifice his own for the comforl
and happiness of others.

Hi- children are Sally Ann, married Festus Vail,
of Warwick, X. Y. ; Abigail Jane; Isaac Owen;
Thomas Erminda, died young; Gabriel Wisner;
Henry Owen; Elizabeth W., died young; JamesNel-
gon, Elizabeth and Susan, died young; Susan, wife of
Thomas Pickens, of Ulster Co., N. V.: Philip; and
Mary ( I.

Bis father.John Brown, was horn in Hertfordshire,
England, about 1774, and came to America in 1801.
His life was spent mostly in Paterson, X. J., after
Coming to this country, when- In- was a prominent
ami influential merchant. He was a member of the
l-'ii-i Baptist Church there, ami died aboul 1854.
Hi- wife, Ann Jackson, was a native of Lancashire,
England, ami emigrated to America in L808; was

married to Mr. Brown in 1815, ami hore him the fol-
lowing children: John J., Peter J., Jane H. (wife of
II. .1. Van Emburgh, of Paterson, X. .1.', Mary A.
(wife of William Hunter, of New York City), Thomas
C., James M., Joseph B., and George G. The mother
of these children was a devoted Christian woman, a
member of the same church as her husband, and died
in 1864, aged eighty years.

Peter J., sun of .lohn Brown, was born in the city
<>f New York, April II. L819. His earlj life was
spnii iii Paterson, where he received n good practical
education. He was employed as a clerk in his father's
■tore for manj j ears before reaching his majority ; was

for four years a clerk in the store of J. W, Dorset, in

Paterson and New York, and after a couple more
years' clerkship for his father, in company with his
brother, .lohn J. Brown, succeeded to the mercantile
business of his father, in Paterson, which be carried

on until 1851, ami sold out the business,

For two years following he -pent his time traveling,
n part of which time he was in California, Return-
pg, In- purchased ami settled upon two hundred ami
ninety acres of productive land at Glenwood, Sussex

Co., where he ha- carried mi successfully agricultural

pursuits and dairying since. This property was known

a- tin- Nicholas Byerson farm. For sixteen years he

iiii-.l mi the creamery business in ■ mnection


with Capt. Daniel Bailey. He gives considerable
attention to stock-raising, both of Alderney cattle
and Berkshire swine.

Since Mr. Brown's residence at Glenw I In- has

done much to enthuse enterprise ami a spirit of pro-_'-

1-,-s into the community, ami is ranked among the

active and thoroughgoing business men of his town-
ship and county, lie take- advantage of every new
and useful improvement to lessen labor, and owned
ami worked the first mowing -machine in Vernon.
II, i- one of the stockholders of the Pine Island Bail-
road. He wa- formerly a Whig, hut upon the organ-
ization "t' the Bepublican party became identified
with it- principles. He marrie 1. < let 28, 1889, Delia,
daughter of Nicholas and Ann Farber Byerson, by
whom he has two children,— Ann Elizabeth, wife of
Capt. Daniel Bailey, of Glenw Land Munson I;.

Who married a daughter Of William II. Houston, of

Florida, X. Y.

Nicholas Byerson had nine children. — viz., Eliza-
beth, wife of Amos Munson, of Deckertown, X. .T. ;
John X. ; Ann, wife of George W. Houston, of Mid-
dletown, X. Y.; Peter X.; Catharine, wife of Evi
Martin: Delia; Nicholas; Abigail, wife of .1. T.
Walling, of Amity. X. Y. : Jane, wife of A. F. Wal-
ling, of Hampton, X. Y. Nicholas Byeraon was a



member of the Methodist Church, a prominent
farmer, and died in 1865, aged eighty-six. His wife
was also a member of the same church, and died in
1868, aged eighty-four. Both died at Amos Munson's,
in Deckertown.

His grandfather, Azariah Martin, born in Middle-
sex Co., N. J., was there married and reared a part
of his family. He removed to Vernon township,
where he purchased in 1774 land upon which he set-
tled, — the property now being owned by his grandson
Jacob, the subject of this sketch. He became a large
real estate owner, and possessed some nine hundred
acres at his death. He served in the Revolutionary
war. His children were seven, who grew to manhood
and womanhood.

Azariah, born Aug. 25, 1784, succeeded to the
homestead upon the death of his father, married for
his first wife Rachel Owen, widow of Samuel Owen,
Oct. 14, 1815. She was born June 25, 1784, and bore
him five children,— viz., Moses D., Ephraim (de-
ceased), Randolph D. (deceased), Isaac, and Jacob.
His wife died April 16, 1844. For his second wife he
married Charity Gould, who died in 1868. He fol-
lowed farming during his life, and at his death, March
1, 1865, owned scinir (lure hundred acres of land.

Jacob, youngest son of Azariah Martin, was born

on the homestead Dec. 20, 1825. He succeeded to-
the homestead property upon the death of his father,
and has followed agricultural pursuits upon it during
his life. To this property he has added other real
estate, so that now he owns six hundred acres. He is
a member of the Baptist Church, and a promoter oi
the best interests of society. In politics he is a
Republican. He married, Jan. 13, 1848, Nancy,
daughter of Jesse and Hannah (Swan) Leighton, of
Amity, N. Y. She was born April 6, 1825. The
children born of this union are Wilmot S. (died in
infancy), Jesse L., Sarah E. (wife of Walter Wilson,
of Deckertown), Winfleld S., and William L.

Mrs. Martin's grandfather, Swan, emigrated from
Scotland at the breaking out of the Revolutionary
war, and served through it. He lived with Gen.
Washington's family. Her father was a soldier in
the war of 1812.

His father, Gilbert Drew, spent his early life in
Putnam Co., N. Y., where he married Susan Wash-;


burn. Subsequent to his marriage he removed to
Sussex Co., N. J., where he spent the remainder of i
his life as a farmer, respected by all who knew him
for his integrity and uprightness in all the relations
of life.

He died July 11, 1855, aged eighty-six years. His
wife died May 4, 1839, aged sixty-eight years. Of
their large family of children, William, eldest son,
is the subject of this sketch, and was born in the town-
ship of Vernon, Sussex Co., in 1791.

The other children were Sarah, wife of Barnet


[BEAEL Owen resided in the town of Warwick,
Orange Co., N. Y., and was a deacon of the Presby-
terian Church. He married Jane Ferrier, who bore
him a family of children, of whom William was cUlc.-t
and grandfather of our subject.

William Owen was a farmer through life, and in con-
nection with his calling koj.t a public-house for many
yar- in the township of Vernon, where the subject of
this sketch now resides, llis wife was the widow of

John McWhorter, a .laughter ..r Can-. Of this

marriage were burn two children, — viz., Jane, wife of
Uri Terry, and Robert, lie died Dec. 20, 1820 ; his
wife died about the year 1848, aged eighty-three.

Robert, son of William, was born .July 6, 1806, and
ahout tin' time he reached hi- majority succeeded to the
homestead, when' lie -pent his life a- a farmer. In poli-

ii: he wa a Democrat, and held 6 minor offices in

(he township, a- committeeman, etc. lb- was a member

of thr Presbyterian Church at A mity, N. Y.. and

mi: ervcd officially in that body. He married, Feb.

6, IS'jr., Rebecca, daughter of Philip ami Elizabeth

(Walker) Dunn, of Middlesex Co., N. J., by wh

hail the following children; Margaret, wife of James

[Thompson, of Amity; Eliza; Julia, wife of Jonathan

Dewitt, of Deckertownj William; Jackson; Hannah;

Clarissa, wife of J. S. Dunning, of Middletown, N. Y. ;
Sarah, wife of Jonathan Sayre, of Western Jfcw York ;
Ephraim D., M.D. ; Isabel ; Emily D. The mother of
these children was born in 1805, survives in 1881, is a
member of the Presbyterian Church, ami resides with
her son William. Robert Owen died Dec. 30, 18«",7.

William Owen, son of Robert, was born on the old
homestead, Dec. 20, 1831. His education was received
in the school of his native place, for three years under
the instruction of William Ran kin, a well-known teacher,
and one term at the Troy Conference Academy, in Ver-
mont. He succeeded to the homestead property upon
the death of his father, partly by purchase and partly by
inheritance, and ha- Bpent hi- life chiefly as a farmer.
He has recently built a grist- and saw-mill, which he
carries on in connection with his farm. He ha.- taken

a ' what active pari in polities as a member of the

ilic party, — has served as freeholder for live

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